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The post of Orangeman was introduced in the early 20th century. The duties of the Orangeman are to assist guide and mentor the two Tutti-men when on their arduous day (Tuttie-Day) of visiting all the Commoners' properties. Selecting which properties should be visited, and keeping to an appropriate time schedule are a key responsibility. Tutti-men normally hold the office for only one year, so the many years of experience of the Orangeman are vital.
The Orangeman also carries the oranges and pennies handed out through the day.
It is unclear at present just when the post was introduced, but it is thought to be around 1927. The Orangemen are thought to include:
Fred Ruddle (c1928-c1947):
The first Orangemen is thought to be Mr Fred Ruddle (landlord of the Craven Arms, 111 High Street between c1911 and c1928). It seems he took on the role after he retired in 1928, and continued for nearly 20 years until c1947.
Dick Scarlett (c1948-1967):
Dicky "Squab" Scarlett took over c1948, and held the office until 1967, when Robert James was Tutti man.
Bob Lewington (1967-1992):
Bob Lewington took over in 1967, (arranged by Robert James) and held the office for 25 years, until he retired in 1992, handing over to his nephew Paul Lewington.
Paul Lewington (1993-2016):
Paul took over for Hocktide 1993, and was Orangeman for 23 years until his death in Mar 2017.
Jim Scarlett (2017-present):
It is planned that Jim Scarlett, nephew of Dick Scarlett, will take over as Orangemen from Hocktide 2017.